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UKRI HR Policies

UKRI HR policies - how we look after our people.

All UKRI employees have a contract of employment. The purpose of the contract is to set out the terms and conditions of employment, including employee rights and responsibilities.

HR policy informs UKRI terms and conditions of employment. UKRI has agreed a revised HR policy framework with the Trade Unions, based on legacy Council harmonised HR policy, and including local HR policies. HR policy was harmonised in January 2014 to ensure that employees across the Research Councils shared a common HR policy framework. This applied to AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC and STFC. MRC Head Office joined in April 2016. Research England migrated on to the harmonised HR policy framework in April 2019 and Innovate UK migrated in September 2019. HR policies from 6 January 2020 are as follows:

Notice of HR Policies

Notifications below describe revised HR policy, which legacy HR policies have been incorporated and which local policies remain, pending continuing review.  Associated policies are also listed, typically Information Systems, Health and Safety, Pay and Reward and Governance.

Policy statements have been developed for Employee Wellbeing, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Learning and Development, while work continues in developing the supporting policy – this will be ready for implementation on 1 April 2020.

In developing revised policies, UKRI focused on:

Delegation of decision-making should be to line managers, and the revised HR delegation framework allows for this while recognising differences in structure across UKRI;

Harmonising policy across UKRI while ensuring that there is no detriment to existing employees. Harmonisation across 9 Councils presents challenges and to this end, a working group representative of HR and TU colleagues and line managers worked through each policy to ensure that both UKRI and its employees’ interests were considered and protected while ensuring compliance. The same approach and structure is being retained to manage the HR policy framework in future;

Reviewing local policy and incorporating these into UKRI policy where possible. There will continue to be a limited amount of local or Council specific policy and guidance, either because this is specific to a site or function or because there is a legacy requirement to do so. The revised policy framework has fewer policies with the bulk of local policies integrated into UKRI HR policy; and

Improving access, by consolidating policies into themes and digitising them. Digitisation will become available in mid-2020.

UKRI also issues other policies that are applicable to employees which employees must have access to, including but not limited to Governance, Finance, Health and Safety and Information Systems.

All HR policy for UKRI employees can only be found on this page. This is to ensure that policies are current at all times. Local news pages will link through to this site. Only local HR policies can be found on Council websites, where these policies are specific to the site or where any legacy arrangements are still applicable to a specific cohort.

Any queries relating to HR policy should be referred to local HR Business Partners or to the UKRI HR policy mailbox

Information on HR policy work in progress, scheduled to be introduced by 1 April 2020:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
  • Learning and Career Development Policy
  • Promotion Policy
  • Employee Wellbeing Policy